Those seeking to earn recognition for their professional development in Assessment are invited to complete all lessons of the Assessment Credential Curriculum, which includes videos, resources, homework assignments, and receiving feedback from your consultant. If haven't done so yet and you're interested in enrolling in the Assessment Credential Certificate, you can enroll today.

This certificate indicates that you understand foundations of assessment and have demonstrated the ability to develop quality assessments of your own. 

Review the following curriculum and complete all associated tasks in order to be eligible. Once complete, please email our staff at

Our staff will review your application and contact you to confirm your eligibility. If eligible, you will receive the certificate, signed by our Vice President of Campus Success, Annemieke Rice.

An Introduction from Your Faculty


  1. Overview of Assessment Credential
  2. Lesson 1: Assessment, Evaluation and Research Context, Definitions, Processes and Frameworks
    1. Recorded Lesson - Understanding Context and Terminology: Student Affairs Assessment, Evaluation and Research
    2. Assessment, Evaluation and Research Definitions Handout (you can download the pdf at the bottom of the page)
    3. The Scholarship of Student Affairs Assessment Reconsidered
    4. Ackermann, E. (2017). Assessment vs. research: What's the difference. Radford University. You Tube video.
  3. Lesson 2: Relationship of Assessment to Other Processes 
    1. Recorded Lesson - Student Affairs Assessment: The Relationship with Other Institutional Processes
    2. The Assessment Cycle
    3. Webinar: Program Review Made Simple
    4. Webinar: Strategic Planning in Student Affairs: Theory and Practice
    5. Using CAS Standards to Improve Student Affairs Practice
  4. Lesson 3: Politics, Ethics and Culture of Assessment
    1. Recorded Lesson  - The Culture, Ethics and Politics of Student Affairs Assessment
    2. Webinar: Free the Data: Engaging Student Affairs Staff in Moving Toward a Culture of Evidence
    3. Connecting Assessment and Strategic Planning to Advancing Equity on Campus
    4. Texas A&M University Student Life Studies Standards of Ethical Practice
    5. CAS Statement of Shared Ethical Principles
    6. Equity and Assessment - NILOA
    7. Strategies for Creating an Institutional Culture of Assessment and Planning (video)
  5. Assignment: Baseline Quiz
  6. Lesson 4: Learning and Program Outcomes
    1. Assessing Learning and Program Outcomes in Student Affairs
    2. Learning Outcomes Worksheet
    3. Assessment Planning Worksheet
    4. Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (2009). CAS learning and development outcomes. In L. A. Dean (Ed.), CAS professional standards for higher education (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
    5. Schuh, J. H., & Gansemer-Topf, A. M. (2010, December). The role of student affairs in student learning assessment (NILOA Occasional Paper No. 7). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.
    6. Wise, V. (2015). Student affairs programs are our classrooms: Let’s think like teachers.
  7. Lesson 5: Assessment Methods and Data Collection
    1. Selecting Methods for Student Affairs Assessment
    2. Student Affairs Assessment Leaders Resource Repository
    3. Video: Focus Groups: An Underutilized Assessment Tool
    4. Make Rubrics a Best Practice at Your Institution
  8. Lesson 6: Analyzing Assessment Results and Research Literacy
    1. Analyzing Student Affairs Assessment Results
    2. How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Guide for non-scientists
    3. Understanding Research: Ten Tips
  9. Assignment: Create and submit Assessment Project Plan using the "Assessment Project" template, available to download below (email to 
  10. Lesson 7: Communicating and Using Assessment Results
    1. Closing the Loop on Student Affairs Assessment: Sharing and Using Assessment Results
    2. Writing Assessment Reports (video) 
    3. Closing the Assessment Loop: Making Informed Decisions
  11. Assignment: Conduct assessment project and present findings to consultant using the "Assessment Project Results" template, available to download below (email to

Submit Your Credential Application

Upon completion of all the required tasks, you can apply for the Assessment Credential Certificate.

Please email to notify our team of your completion of the program.


If you have any questions regarding the requirements of this program, please email our staff at

Facilitating the Assessment Credential Certificate on Campus

Interested in facilitating the Assessment Credential Curriculum at your campus? Download the "Campus Labs Assessment Credential Facilitator's Guide" at the bottom of the page.

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